Ramaphosa Back in London for 2023 RWC Announcement

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Since the recommendation was made by an independent panel at the beginning of the month, it seems like the World Cup is destined to go to South Africa.

South Africa vice-president Cyril Ramaphosa, one of the architects of the relatively peaceful transition from apartheid, said a 2023 World Cup in the country would serve as affirmation of much of what the late Mandela stood for.

We now look forward to council making its decision in London on November 15.

"We want to turn green the factories, the schools, shops and offices and malls of South Africa each week to underline the message to the Rugby World Cup board that South Africa is the best choice to host the 2023 tournament".

This follows an exhaustive tendering, clarification and evaluation process.

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South Africa hosted the iconic 1995 edition - which saw the first black president of the country, Nelson Mandela, adorned in a Springbok jersey, then seen as one of the pillars of white apartheid rule - handing the trophy to white South Africa captain Francois Pienaar.

England are expected to use their three votes in support of Ireland, but Jones says this decision is causing internal turmoil and that there is lasting bitterness with Ireland's reaction.

Those eligible to vote in the secret ballot on November 15 are: Australia (3 votes), England (3), New Zealand (3), Scotland (3), Wales (3), Italy (3), Argentina (3), Canada (1), Japan (2), Georgia (1), Romania (1), United States of America (1), Asia Rugby (2), Oceania Rugby (2), Rugby Africa (2), Rugby Americas North (2), Rugby Europe (2), Sudamerica Rugby (2).

The high-powered delegation would include Sport and Recreation Minister Thulas Nxesi, SA Rugby president Mark Alexander, and chief executive officer Jurie Roux.

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